NBA Fantasy Favorites - April 15, 2019

When it’s between playoff basketball and regular season baseball, we’re going basketball every single time!

Last Lineup’s Best Picks:

Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets (40.25 Fantasy Points vs 16.5 FPPG)

Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (34.75 Fantasy Points vs 22.6 FPPG)

Mike Muscala, Los Angeles Lakers (27.25 Fantasy Points vs 15.6 FPPG)

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:

PG – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $8,800, 46.8 FPPG)

When we picked Steph for April 9’s regular season finale against the Pelicans, he disappointed with under 10 Fantasy Points in 9 minutes, but the reason for that poor performance stems from an ankle injury suffered mid-game. Now that Curry is back to full health, he is geared to dominate in the playoffs once again. In Game 1 against the Clippers, Chef Curry posted a crazy stat line of 38 Points / 15 Rebounds / 7 Assists, good for a whopping 72.8 Fantasy Points. Despite the presence of notorious trash talker Patrick Beverley, the Clippers are still in the bottom third of the NBA in OPRK against PG/SGs. Steph’s skills should continue to be on display tonight at home in Game 2 of the opening series. 

SG – Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets (DK Salary $5,600, 27.0 FPPG) 

What a comeback story. Maybe not quite as amazing as Tiger’s return to glory with yesterday’s Masters victory, but LeVert has had his own mountain to climb this year after suffering a gruesome leg injury earlier this season. Now that he’s back in the mix for Brooklyn, the young guard is posting very strong numbers, dropping over 33 Fantasy Points in 4 of his last 6 games, including an impressive 36.5 Fantasy Point outing in his first ever playoff game. Brooklyn is still the underdog in this opening series against Philadelphia, but LeVert will tag team with Most Improved Player candidate D’Angelo Russell to show why the Nets are to be taken seriously. 

SF – Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors (DK Salary $4,000, 18.6 FPPG)

Iguodala is a great value pick for tonight’s games. He may not be in Golden State’s starting lineup, but he still provides much production off the bench. A veteran who lives for the playoffs, Iguodala put up a very strong 34.5 Fantasy Points in Game 1 against the Clippers. With Steve Kerr giving more minutes to the trusted veteran and with Los Angeles being a lowly 24th in OPRK against SG/SFs, Iguodala is a player to watch tonight.

PF – Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $5,900, 31.8 FPPG)

Harrell doesn’t seem to get the respect he deserves as the Clippers best big man. The lethal combo of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Danilo Gallinari have given the Clippers a back court to be wary of, but Harrell keeps the front court prominent for LA. Without his dominance down in the paint, the Clippers wouldn’t be close to the position they’re in today. He didn’t get off to the greatest start looking for a role in the first couple of years of his career, but Harrell has matured nicely in Los Angeles and is now one of the higher fantasy scoring big men in the league. After proving his worth yet again in back-to-back 40+ Fantasy Point games, Harrell is a must tonight in Game 2.

C – Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $9,800, 55.6 FPPG)

I may strongly dislike Embiid, but I can’t refute value when it’s there. The big man has scored over his 55.6 FPPG average in 3 of his last 4 contests, averaging 65.5 FPPG over that stretch. At under $10,000 DK and even $11,000 DK, that’s nothing short of a steal, especially against a Nets team that was dead last in the NBA in OPRK against Centers. Embiid’s status as a game-time decision with knee injury is a bit scary, though. If he plays tonight, we’re looking solid. If he’s out, we’re fucked, and we’ll need to adjust accordingly.

G – Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $4,900, 22.8 FPPG)

Beverley can certainly talk the talk, but he’s also backing it up by walking the walk as well. In Game 1 against the Warriors, the veteran guard put up 23.8 Fantasy Points before getting ejected from the game after messing with Kevin Durant. In the game prior, he had 34 Fantasy Points against the Jazz in just 21 minutes. Unless Beverley gets ejected yet again early in this contest, he should be a great value pick tonight at under $5,000 DK. 

F – Danilo Gallinari, Los Angeles Clippers (DK Salary $6,600, 34.1 FPPG)

For the Knicks, he’s the one who got away. Gallinari is a great forward who puts up 30+ Fantasy Points on a regular basis. In fact, he’s scored under 32 Fantasy Points only twice in his last 15 games, with both of those unusual games coming with a lower than usual number of minutes. To put it plainly, Gallinari produces at a very encouraging rate. I’m practically salivating at the mouth to grab him for just $6,600 DK. Take the Italian Stallion to put up a strong performance yet again tonight as the Clippers look to even the series. 

UTIL – Boban Marjanovic, Philadelphia 76ers (DK Salary $4,200, 16.2 FPPG)

While I do believe that Embiid will produce mightily for Philly, Boban serves as a great insurance policy. Marjanovic has scored over 20 Fantasy Points in each of his past 4 games, including 41.5 Fantasy Points in the season finale against Chicago. In just 15 minutes of play in Game 1, Boban produced a strong 26.3 Fantasy Points. Even if Embiid gets the starting nod tonight, Marjanovic’s minutes should climb as the 76ers try to keep their best player healthy for the playoffs. All things considered, I fully expect Marjanovic to tear up a Brooklyn squad that is dead last in OPRK against Centers. 

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Twitter: @ChazzLucenti